Our staff build Living Willow Structures in the winter months when there are no leaves on the trees, we can do this as an installation only or alongside your pupils, staff and even parents.The willow rods are pushed into the ground where they take root and grow. They can then be woven into all sorts of shapes from domes and tepees to sea monsters and dragons. As the weather warms leaves grow all over the structure and provide summer shade. The structures provide a great place for imaginative play or sharing a story. They also provide a perfect environment to develop communication skills. You can see examples of what other schools have had below.
We’ve installed a variety of Living Willow Structures in schools over the last few years. From a simple living willow dome, tunnel or arbour to the more imaginative living willow structures. To get more out of the workshops schools have in the past asked children to write reports and letters regarding what they did during the workshop. You can get some ideas of what to do for your school from the list below:
- A living willow whale and boy – to coincide with the children reading the book “The Boy and the Whale”. The whale was made big enough to sit inside so the children could read inside
- A living willow sea-serpent
- A living willow sculpture, designed by the children – they carried out research, made designs and then consulted with the willow artist and chose which to make over 2 days. They then wrote reports and letters regarding their experience.
- A living willow hungry caterpillar
- A living willow snail
- A living willow mouse
- A living willow crocodile
- A living willow dinosaur